Some colleges are thinking out of the box and offering different application options. Bard College has instituted the Bard Entrance Exam, comprised of essays in three areas: Social Science, History, and Philosophy. Applicants have 21 essay prompts to choose from and must write four (4) essays each composed of 2,500 words. Now, Goucher College is experimenting with the “video application” in lieu of a high school transcript. It’s a novel approach piloted this fall.